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Calcium Scoring Computed Tomography Scans

A calcium scoring computed tomography (CT) scan uses imaging technology to look for calcium in plaque on coronary artery walls. Because calcium in the coronary arteries may be a sign of coronary artery disease (CAD), this test can help in early detection of heart disease.

A calcium scoring CT scan requires an order from your doctor and is by appointment only. The test may benefit men over 40 and women over 50 who are at medium risk of developing heart disease.

What to Expect During a Calcium Scoring CT Scan

A calcium scoring CT scan is painless and takes about 30 minutes. Before your test you will be asked to:

  • Put on a hospital gown
  • Remove all metal objects that might interfere with the scan
  • Lie flat on the table connected to the CT scanner

You also will be connected to an EKG machine to measure your heart’s electrical activity.

During the test, you may be asked to hold your breath for 20 to 30 seconds while the CT scans and takes pictures of your heart.

Test Results

After your test you will receive your calcium score from your doctor. The higher your score, the greater your chance is of having a heart attack.

If your score is high, your doctor will discuss options to help lower your risk of developing heart disease, such as medicine or lifestyle changes.

Cost of a Calcium Scoring CT Scan

The cost for this exam is $99 and we will ask for full prepayment before the test. We do not bill your insurance. However, if you would like to discuss this with your insurance, the CPT code of the test is [75571]. If needed, you can request an itemized statement to submit for reimbursement by calling UPMC Customer Service at 1-844-591-5949.


UPMC offers calcium scoring CT scans at the following locations: